Just a quick note to those Nexus 4 owners and developers out there looking for a quick and reliable way to download the official factory image: Google has put it back online. While the image has been readily available in the community during its unexplained absence, it's nice to see that whatever issue prevented Google from posting it has presumably been resolved.


The Android version and build numbers remain unchanged, as do the checksums, so it appears this is the same file that was posted originally.

Nexus Device Factory Images

David Ruddock
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  • Justin Winker

    I really want to know why it was down.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I'm guessing an issue with open sourcing parts of the code.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Not sure that makes sense as an explanation. The Nexus 4 is still not officially supported by AOSP as far as I know, and the binaries are still missing.

        But I do think that it's a sign of things to come soon - i.e. that Android 4.2.2 update. I think that means we'll see a factory image.

  • cy_n_ic

    Have you guys done an article on how to use one of these images to restore your device? I restored my nexus 4 last weekend just to say i did and hone my mad android skillz. Feels good to know how difficult it can be to actually brick a nexus.

    • http://twitter.com/snalty bad wolf

      fastboot flash up in this hizzle

  • Nir

    This Image version isn't available anymore.
    Now there is only the new 4.2.2 (JDQ39).

    The only reason i'm upset is that they took out the part that partly supported LTE